This past year I painted one of my sisters cradling her baby. I have been wanting to paint my other sister as well and this week I decided to finally make that happen. I used a photo of her face to use for reference. Here are the beginning lines with the placement of her features and some art nouveau inspired designs circling around her.
Here is the first layer of paint and pencil on her face where I established the highlights and shadows. One of my sons told me that it looked like she had sunblock on, and I agreed!
She started looking more realistic after I added more layers of paint and pencil over her skin. I gave her some highlighted hair and a flower as a focal point.
Here is the first splash of color...
The left corner needed something and I decided this little guy would balance out the composition perfectly.
I felt like this piece needed more texture and I found myself using paint that I had just used on my bird to add another layer to this piece. I say "I found myself" because it happened so fast I didn't have time to discuss with myself if it would be a good idea or not. I make a lot of calculated decisions in my art, but the most invigorating moments are the ones that I don't plan. The decisions that are on a whim, that come from a feeling, that are a risk. Sometimes it doesn't work out, but if it does it usually is my favorite part. These spontaneous gestures may help me to find a new technique or find myself. They teach me to let go and lean on my creative intuition. This week it rained on my canvas and there was nothing I could do to stop it. Take cover my friends and let the rain reign.